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Rico celebrates Independence Day with floats, music, art and food

Hundreds of people gathered in Rico on Wednesday for the traditional July Fourth parade, and to eat Navajo tacos and listen to the Four Corners Community Band. Rico residents and visitors honored...

DATE: July 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

BLM announces new district manager

The Bureau of Land Management recently hired Stephanie Connolly as the Southwest District manager, and the public is invited to network with her during open houses in Durango, Dolores, Grand...

DATE: July 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Burro Fire advances as winds shift; scattered rains possible

Relentless warm, dry weather and low fuel moisture continue to feed the Burro Fire, which has grown 108 acres since Monday. An infrared flight about 11 p.m. Monday showed the fire was at 4,545...

DATE: July 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Countryside cabins open near Cortez

The newly constructed Stone Turtle Lodges at the northern edge of Cortez offer travelers and vacationers a comfortable and scenic alternative to the routine hotel room. Owners Keith and Janice Moen...

DATE: June 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

San Juan coal mine gets larger environmental review

A proposal to extend the San Juan coal mine lease in northwestern New Mexico that fuels an adjacent power station would have minor impacts on air and water, according to a new and larger...

DATE: June 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Burro Fire expands in Bear Creek as forest dries out

The Burro Fire grew by 300 acres since Thursday to 4,136 acres, and is expected to continue growing because of dry fuels and hot, windy weather. The fire is creeping down Bear Creek and has spread...

DATE: June 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County finds water for road maintenance

The Montezuma County Road Department has found a solution to a water supply problem for road maintenance. For decades, the county has been tapping into its 20 shares of Montezuma Valley Irrigation...

DATE: June 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

New Mexico man tapped to lead Dolores as town manager

An energetic New Mexico man with enthusiasm for small towns and a background in municipal government is slated to become Dolores’ next interim town manager. Following a public interview by the...

DATE: June 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Traditional Mexican taqueria opens in Dolores

Authentic and affordable Mexican food is the trademark for Nanny’s Taqueria, a new restaurant in Dolores on 11th Street. Business partners Humberto Arrendondo and Guillermo Garcia have been cooking...

DATE: June 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

McPhee Reservoir supply drops to a historic low

Inflow into McPhee Reservoir from the Dolores River has dropped to a historic low, falling below the 2002 levels that were the previous driest year since the reservoir was built. As a result,...

DATE: June 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

May inspections: Tequila's, Lakeside Lanes, Ponderosa ...

The Journal publishes local restaurant inspection reports provided monthly by the Montezuma County Health Department. Inspections of all retail food facilities are done yearly, and in some cases...

DATE: June 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Update: Burro Fire holding steady, but fuels are drying out

The Burro Fire had minimal growth overnight and continued to burn calmly on Thursday, four days after the weekend’s steady rain. “The rains really cooled it down,” said John Bearer, public...

DATE: June 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News